A Week With Adobe

I had a great week at Adobe Summit, where I was joined by 12,000 marketing executives.  Summit The theme this year was Experience.  Adobe pointed out that businesses that are experience driven have higher net promoter scores and revenue than those that do not have an experience focus.  They defined Experience as the sum total of interactions with a brand. This aligns with The Relevancy Group research, most particularly findings in our latest consumer research, Handle with Care – Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors.

They went on to define an Experience business as one that 1) knows and respects the customer 2) speaks in one voice 3) the technology is transparent 4) is focused on customer delight

The big announcement was the introduction of Adobe Experience Cloud, an overarching cloud platform that ties together, their Creative, Document, Marketing, Analytics and Advertising Clouds.  This unifies the data structure, user interface and includes a number of enhancements to share information across the previously disparate clouds.

Machines Everywhere

They discussed the value of real-time data and their machine learning AI framework Sensei took center stage.  Almost every part of their clouds is now or will be benefiting from the Sensei framework. IBM had their event at the same time and similarly was discussing the same things their Watson tool, which TRG’s Nick Einstein writes about here.  Adobe Sensei is built into the platform, harvests data across the cloud, compares patterns; creativity, intelligence, content.  It also creates a virtual analyst, provides automated anomaly detection and alerting.  The Sensei demos were impressive. In one demo in store ads changed based on facial recognition, different offers were displayed based on gender. It was something out of the film The Minority Report.

More Adobe Summit announcements included:

  • New, Adobe Advertising Cloud, combines the Media Optimizer products along with recently-acquired TubeMogul offering.
  • Experience data model is a common language across their cloud and provides for an open ecosystem, utilizing Adobe I/O.
  • Adobe introduced Launch, their next gen tag management system, fast connections at the experience layer.  Launch, Adobe’s tag management partners include Facebook, Twitter, Zendesk and more, it offers fantastic reach.  This data will also feed into their Adobe Cross Device Co-Op  to enhance their Identity Management solution.
  • Adobe Cross Device Co-Op growth, Information on 850 million devices are now in the co-op which was announced at the 2016 Adobe summit. That is big year-over-year growth.
  • Adobe Analytics now includes a virtual analyst that can spot and analyze anomalies and bring audiences, behaviors & ad data together.  Lots of powerful analytics and insights in one place, on one canvas.  That’s impressive.  The text alerts for anomaly also provides likely root causes.  These are smart alerts and this is something that TRG has been advocating for some time.  It is great to see this in production.
  • Their Advertising Cloud is integrated with the rest of experience cloud, same measures and audiences for re-targeting and on stage, they suggested that they deliver higher match rates.
  • They demo’d ability to use first party customer data in a linear TV buying with one click.  This is a first and impressive.  While this has existed for digital and OTT TV, but never has linear TV buying been so easy to combine with first party data. The targeting potential is enormous.
  • New Marketing Cloud: Fluid experiences using fragments content. Snippets that can be used across screens and channels.  This should improve the marketer’s ability to test and create more personalized messages and experiences.
  • New to Marketing Cloud: Adobe Dreamweaver integrated into Adobe Campaign, one click content dropping, this is a big efficiency gain for email marketers.
  • Expanded Adobe and Microsoft partnership, including new integrations with Dynamics CRM, Azure and Power BI.

Sneaks

Their annual summit favorite, Sneaks did not disappoint.  Hosted by SNL’s Kate McKinnon it was an entertaining way for Adobe to sneak preview some of the items they currently have in development.  The item that seemed to capture everyone’s attention was the ability to inject advertising into VR experiences. Interesting stuff but, future forward for sure.

As always it was great to catch-up with the Adobe team, partners and mutual clients. Thanks to the Adobe AR and Marketing Cloud team for making me feel so welcome.

You can watch the Adobe keynotes and presentations here.

Until next time,

 

 

David

The Relevancy Group Expands with the Addition of Tenured Analysts

Boston, March 16 2017

The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm, today announced the TRG Growsaddition of Ross Rubin and Joe Laszlo to its expanding business. Mr. Rubin and Mr. Laszlo bring a combined near 40 years of research and analyst experience to The Relevancy Group.

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ross and Joe when we worked together at Jupiter Research and am thrilled that we will be shaping the market with our research once again,” said David Daniels, CEO and Founder of The Relevancy Group (TRG).

Ross Rubin will serve as Director of Research Development. Ross will affect our research instruments as well as author syndicated and custom research. Ross has been a technology industry analyst for over 20 years. In 2012, he founded Reticle Research, focusing on research product development and innovation. Prior to this, he was Executive Director and Principal Analyst at The NPD Group, and Vice President and Chief Research Fellow at Jupiter Research (acquired by Forrester Research in 2008).

“As client technologies grow to play a larger role in digital marketing, I’m delighted to be working with David and The Relevancy Group to develop actionable research that defines thought leadership,” said Ross Rubin. Learn more about Ross.

Joe Laszlo will serve as Research Director and Principal Analyst, primarily covering the mashup of Adtech and Martech, which TRG refers to as Madtech.  Joe brings almost two decades of experience researching and advising companies on the evolution of digital media and marketing.  Prior to TRG, Joe spent almost nine years at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, where he most recently managed all of IAB’s committee-and-council-driven programs and served as Director of Research. Joe started his career in digital media in 1999 as an analyst at Jupiter Research.

“As innovation continues to transform advertising and marketing, I’m excited to help TRG’s clients navigate this fast-changing technology landscape, finding the best ways to reach customers and prospects, wherever and whenever they happen to be,” said Joe Laszlo. Learn more about Joe.

Additionally, Claire Gallagher another Jupiter Research and Forrester alum has joined The Relevancy Group as Business Development Manager. Claire brings over 10 years of consultative sales experience in the market research, media, and digital marketing industries. Learn more about Claire.

The Relevancy Group provides buyer’s guides and research reports via their Research Subscriber Series as well as a collection of sponsored white papers and webinars that can be downloaded for free with registration. TRG also publishes a digital magazine The Marketer Quarterly. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon.

The Relevancy Group releases their new ESP Buyer’s Guide and Issue 13 of The Marketer Quarterly

Press Release

BOSTON, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Relevancy Group, a leading market research and advisory firm today released “The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2017.”  The research evaluates seven EPSs (Email Service Providers) that include Adestra, Epsilon Agility Harmony, Experian Marketing Services, IBM Marketing Cloud, MessageGears and Zeta Global.  Vendors are evaluated on customer satisfaction, product functionality, services capabilities, innovation and breadth. These seven vendors were all named market leaders this year with Zeta Global having the highest customer satisfaction and product functionality scores.

The massive 37 page report also provides details on every aspect of vendor selection and market analysis on email marketer trends as well as deep inspection of the platforms evaluated.

The Relevancy Group CEO and Founder, David Daniels said, “This is our fourth annual ESP Buyer’s Guide and I am very pleased that our clients and the market place continues to seek our insight on vendor selection as well as understand what is most important and challenging for marketers.”

Some of the research findings include:

  • The New ESP Has Arrived: It’s the “Everychannel Service Provider”
  • In 2017, 59 percent of enterprise marketers are utilizing SaaS/Hosted solutions, up from 41 percent in 2016.
  • Utilization of Analytical Services maintains the highest adoption at 64 percent.
  • For the third consecutive year ‘industry expertise’ has topped the vendor selection criteria.
  • Marketers seek reporting, analytics, deliverability tools and security/reliability in their ESP partners.

The Relevancy Ring – ESP Buyer’s Guide, 2017 is available for purchase at $2495.00, and is included in The Research Subscriber Services, that includes 12 reports on email marketing for $5,000.00 annually. http://www.relevancygroup.com/shop/the-relevancy-ring-esp-buyers-guide-2017

The Relevancy Group will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday March 8 [th] at 1PM ET to discuss the findings.  You can register for the webinar at www.relevancygroup.com/events

An excerpt of the research is also included in issue 13 of The Marketer Quarterly, The Relevancy Group’s digital magazine.  Issue 13 also includes interviews with the CMO’s of eBay and Rue21 as well as marketer intensive intel from leading brands including Campbell’s and Ikea. Register to get a free subscription to The Marketer Quarterly online or via the MQ app for any iOS, Android and Amazon. www.marketerquarterly.com

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Webinar on Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors

Webinar: Handle with Care: Consumer Email Marketing Behaviors

Join The Relevancy Group’s CEO & Founder David Daniels and VP of Research Nicholas Einstein on 2/22 at 1PM when they will take you through this latest research.

We wilWebinar Wednesdaysl Answer these key questions and more:
– Is email still a pervasive communication tool and if so are millennials utilizing it?
– On which devices is email consumed?
– What are the primary concerns for consumers when getting email marketing messages?
– What drives email marketing subscriptions and how many brands do consumers subscribe to?

We’ll talk relevance and what consumers love and hate about the email inbox and email marketing messages. This webinar is based upon new research from The Relevancy Group. Register today and get a copy of the webinar recording which contains new consumer data.

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Spread The Love

Spread the Love

By Peggy Reinders – Principal Analyst

Sweet Talk

It’s Valentine’s Day! The Holiday that I’m convinced was created by Hallmark way back when to sell more cards. Men and women everywhere will take time today to express their love to one another. Whether through red roses, heart shaped boxes of candy, Valentine’s cards at school, or the little boxes of conversation hearts, we all join in the celebration of love (or at least we should, if we know what’s good for our relationships). 😉

In the spirit of conversation hearts, I decided to share today what I love about our latest report findings from The Relevancy Group – “The Emergence of Madtech in 2017: How DMPs Enable People-Based Marketing”.

Be Mine –  Martech Be Mine. For the first time, we see early signs that using an Identity Management solution or a DMP can enhance marketing results (ie. email CTRs are higher). DMP and Identity Management results are usually tied to advertising or offline sales. This is a first, where we see results tied to Martech!

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The Relevancy Group found that 15 percent of those who had implemented a DMP or identity management solution had higher email CTR than those that didn’t implement a DMP. On the other hand, only 11 percent of marketers who had used CRM data saw such results. In the 24 percent or greater email CTR segment, nearly 9 percent of users of DMPs and identity management solutions achieved that level as opposed to only 6 percent of the total.

As Marketers move beyond CRM data to DMPs and Identity Management solutions, we would expect to see results like this continue. In other words, as the Adtech and Martech relationship keeps growing, we would hope to see red roses on Valentine’s Day, but not a marriage proposal yet.

• Me and You –  Me, the Marketer, has heard a lot from you, the vendor, on why I need a DMP or Identity Management solution. But do you really understand me? Do you know my unique business challenges?

The Relevancy Group found that lack of education is affecting pace of adoption of DMPs and Identity Management solutions. Marketers need to build strong business cases to overcome challenges such as privacy concerns or lack of data centralization (both challenges preventing utilization of data across channels). In many cases, the potential of these types of technologies are already beyond the Marketer’s understanding.

So where’s the love from vendors to educate and help Marketers build these business cases? Do vendors understand that each Marketer may have a business case unique to their organization instead of a one size fits all approach? In other words, treat me like the unique organization I am. Buy me red tulips instead of roses, because roses don’t work for me.

Whatever type of relationship you’re in- Marketer or Vendor- I encourage you to share results with others and help build business cases. Do what you can to help our industry continue to move forward. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, spread the love.

Research Subscriber Series – 2017

The Relevancy Group Research Subscriber Series – The 2017 Offering

What is it? An annual subscription to our 2017 research The Relevancy Groupthat includes access to our back catalog of original hypothesis driven research.  Each coverage area will produce 12 original reports in 2017, which should not be confused with our sponsored research which is available for free with registration.  The Research Subscriber Series includes our Relevancy Ring Buyer’s Guides, market landscapes and tactical advice that is based on executive and consumer surveys as well as case studies.  Each report comes with 30 minutes of inquiry time allowing to go one-on-one with the analyst that authored and/or contributed to the research. We provide direct access to answers.

Who are the authors? The Relevancy Group is proud to have the most tenured research staff of any analyst/research firm in the industry. All of our analysts have at least 15 years of experience in their coverage area as a practitioner, industry analyst – or both. Learn more about our team.

What does it cost? Each coverage area is available for $5,000.00 which includes 12 new reports a year plus access to previous Research Subscriber Series from that coverage area. Purchase all three coverage areas and get 32 original research reports and analyst access for $15,000.00 dollars. This is a tremendous discount to purchasing our research on a one-off basis and a fantastic value for any organization seeking the latest analysis. As a former Jupiter Research and Forrester Research executive I also know it is the most affordable comprehensive apporach to delivering the best original research with the most tenured staff.

What are the coverage areas?  There are three distinct coverage areas, yet our analysts do collaborate to ensure that we have a consistent understanding of these disparate topics. The coverage area and research topics for each are as follows:

  • Email/Everychannel Marketing
  • Madtech, the marriage of Martech and Adtech
  • Social Marketing and Publishing

Email MarketingEmail/Everychannel Marketing 2017 Report List            *report titles subject to change

ORDER YOUR SUBSCRIPTION HERE, $5,000.00 Annually | Questions about this offering – ask us!

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Report Title Month
Consumer Marketing Trends January
TRR ESP Buyers Guide 2017 February
State of Email Industry 2017 March
Email Acquisition Tactics April
Fast Marketing: A Real-Time Data Case Study May
Email Hygiene Vendor Landscape June
Best Practices Round-up 2017 July
2017 Martech Innovators August
TRR Email Agency Buyer’s Guide 2017 September
Machine Learning in Email Marketing October
Holiday Email Marketing Guide November
Adaptive Content Case Studies December


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, $5,000.00 Annually | Questions about this offering – ask us!
Madtech (Martech+Adtech) 2017 Report List *report titles subject to change Identity Marketing       

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Report Title Month
Emergence of Madtech 2017: How DMPs are Enabling People-Based Marketing January
Programmatic Advertising Trends in 2017 February
Mobile Identity Resolution March
People Based Marketing Trends 2017 April
Madtech, DMP Buyer’s Guide 2017 May
State of Identity Management 2017 June
Video Advertising Trends July
Madtech Services Landscape –  Best Practices to Selecting an Agency August
2017 Madtech Vendor Innovators September
Madtech Data – How First Party Data is Being Utilized October
Consumer Advertising Trends November
Beyond The Walled Garden – Growing a New Farm December

ORDER YOUR SUBSCRIPTION HERE, $5,000.00 Annually | Questions about this offering – ask us!Social Marketing and Publishing 2017 Report List *report titles subject to changeSocial Marketing     

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Report Title Month
All About Attribution January
Consumer Social Trends February
Social Acquisition Advertising March
Snapchat – Marketing Guide & Tactics April
Facebook – Marketing Guide & Tactics May
Video Marketing Trends June
2017 Social Vendor Innovators July
Mobile App Marketing August
Social Publishing Landscape September
Customer Experience – Social Listening  Case Study October
Social Marketing Amid Fake News November
The New Paper – Social Publishing Case Study December

ORDER ALL THREE COVERAGE AREAS $15,000.00 annual subscription *report titles subject to change | Questions about this offering – ask us!

Webinar Wednesdays from The Relevancy Group – 2017

Join The Relevancy Group every Wednesday for a free webinar on the latest marketing topics. Webinar WednesdaysRegister for all events so that you can hear the recording later.  Many of our webinars come with a research white paper as well.  All Webinar Wednesdays start at 1:00 PM ET. Register for these upcoming webinars.

1/25 – The Value of Adaptive Content: Tactics to Optimize Email Marketing. Join this free webinar with The Relevancy Group’s David Daniels and PowerInbox’s Jeff Kupietzky present new data on the value of adaptive content. You will learn: New data on email marketing trends, Details on contextual marketing, Value and ROI models when implementing contextual marketing and more.

2/1 – The Future of Relevance and it’s Impact on Attribution Trends.  Join this free webinar with The Relevancy Group’s David Daniels and Nicholas Einstein as well as Zeta Global‘s John Polcari. We will dicuss two of the latest research white papers which will also be sent to all registratiants.  We will discuss segmentation tactics, the rise of People-based Marketing and it means for data management and attribution. This will be a tactic rich discussion.